Tag: John Francis Bentley

Abram meets Melchizedek (Genesis 14:1-24)

Abram meets Melchizedek (Genesis 14:1-24)

This episode in the life of Abram reveals him to be a military man, but it also tells us about his contact with a priestly king, Melchizedek, who came to symbolise Christ. The background to their meeting involved a regional war among the kings of various city-states. Abram’s nephew, Lot, got caught up in the … Continue reading Abram meets Melchizedek (Genesis 14:1-24)

The Burial of Christ (John 19:38-42)

The Burial of Christ (John 19:38-42)

The story of the burial of Christ in a garden tomb is told most vividly in the Gospel of John, although it’s covered in the other gospels too (Matthew 27:57-61; Mark 15:42-47; Luke 23:50-56). Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathaea - who were secret disciples of Christ - came to help remove, anoint and bury his … Continue reading The Burial of Christ (John 19:38-42)

Rachel the Shepherdess (Genesis 29:1-30)

Rachel the Shepherdess (Genesis 29:1-30)

Rachel was one of the great women of the Old Testament. She was the daughter of Laban and worked as a shepherdess, caring for her father’s flock. Rachel and her family lived in the land of the east, where Abraham had grown up. She met her husband Jacob at a well while watering her sheep … Continue reading Rachel the Shepherdess (Genesis 29:1-30)

Gideon and his fleece (Judges 6:1-40)

Gideon and his fleece (Judges 6:1-40)

During the time of the Judges - the first rulers of Israel - the land was often invaded by the Midianites. These raiders from the south regularly stole livestock and destroyed crops. To deal with this situation, God sent an angel to visit Gideon the son of Joash. Greeting him as a “mighty warrior”, the … Continue reading Gideon and his fleece (Judges 6:1-40)

Miriam celebrates the Exodus (Exodus 15:1-21)

Miriam celebrates the Exodus (Exodus 15:1-21)

Miriam was the elder sister of Moses. Along with him and her brother Aaron, she was sent by God to help bring Israel out of Egypt (Micah 6:4). The first time we read about her  in the Bible is not long after Moses was born, when his mother had hidden him in a basket on … Continue reading Miriam celebrates the Exodus (Exodus 15:1-21)

The Three Holy Youths (Daniel 3:1-97)

The Three Holy Youths (Daniel 3:1-97)

This large, intricate mosaic is found in the Chapel of the Holy Souls of Westminster Cathedral in London. It tells the story of the Three Holy Youths - Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego - in the fiery furnace. The book of Daniel says that these Jewish young men worked at the court of Nebuchadnezzar, the king … Continue reading The Three Holy Youths (Daniel 3:1-97)

Deborah judges Israel (Judges 4:4-10)

Deborah judges Israel (Judges 4:4-10)

The story of Deborah is one of the oldest in the Bible and is found in the book of Judges. The Judges were the first religious and political leaders of Israel. Deborah was one of the earliest of them. As well as being a judge over Israel, she was also a prophetess. People came to her … Continue reading Deborah judges Israel (Judges 4:4-10)